Same-sex civil unions allowed in two more US states, Hawaii and Delaware

By on Jan 3, 2012 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

Same-sex civil unions or marriages are now allowed in two more US states, Hawaii and Delaware, where several couples got married on Sunday, January 1, 2012, or New Year’s Day 2012.

Donna Gedge (left) and Monica Montgomery
Image Credit: KGMB-TV video

According to US news sites on Monday, Hawaii and Delaware have given gays and lesbians their legal rights to be married under the law.

As noted at CNN, four gay couples in Hawaii got married on New Year’s Day including Donna Gedge and her partner Monica Montgomery, who have been living together for 33 years, and were married in Honolulu.

On the other hand, over 400 people including U.S. Senator Chris Coons, D-Delaware, witnessed the wedding of lawyers Lisa Goodman and Drewry Fennell in Delaware, who have been together for 14 years.

Last June 24, gay marriage was allowed in New York as approved by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in which two grandmothers were the first gay couple to wed in July 23, on the first day of its approval.

Based on the list of National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), there are now five US states that recognize same-sex civil unions including Hawaii, Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

In addition, same-sex marriage is legal in six other US states, which include Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York, as well as in Washington, D.C.

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